High five

It’s party time this week!!  I am celebrating the fifth anniversary of this blog – anyone fancy some bubbly??

I can’t quite  believe that I published my first post on March 7, 2012 – it seems such a long time ago!  That first post was titled “Do you enjoy walking?” and looking at it again, I can see that my style has changed a great deal since then!

It all started with John Bojanowski, of Clos de Gravillas, telling me that I should have a blog, that it would complement the midihideaways website.  Five years, and 253 posts later, I am still finding new things to write about!!  It’s been a highly enjoyable experience, at the same time broadening my horizons and my knowledge of the area.

Some statistics:  there have been 23,668 visitors to the blog, and the most read post of all time was “The secrets of Tarte Tatin – explained!“, which was published on November 30, 2012.

Tarte Tatin

The second most popular post was “The great big mimosa party …” from February 15, 2015.  The Fete du Mimosa is still an annual event in Roquebrun!


Figgy Jam“, which was published on September 11, 2015 was the most commented on post!


A gourmet walk“, about a delicious walk in Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, published on July 15, 2015 was also very highly commented on.  This post was number 2 as far as comments are concerned.

Walking along the vineyards

Walking along the vineyards

The busiest day for the blog was on August 7, 2015 when “Art everywhere” was published.


Visitors to the blog come from all over the world and it is read by 713 regular subscribers/followers, plus a number of readers who access the blog via social media and by recommendation.

All this would not have been possible without the unwavering support from Anthony and Annie – a huge thank you to both of you – you deserve medals!!  And thank you to you for reading and commenting and liking the posts!

Do you have any favourite posts?  Is there anything you would like to read about?  Please complete the poll, and leave your comments in the section below – I always love hearing from you!  Here’s to the next five years!!

10 thoughts on “High five

  1. Congratulations on the 5 years of blogging. Its a great read for me in
    London between visits to my mothers on Bize -Minervois.
    Some thing I always intend to do is blog about my wine travels.

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  2. Happy Blog Anniversary! One of the first blogs I read was the very precise instructions for making Tarte Tatin! I really felt that I could taste this tart just through reading about it; it holds very good memories for me. I think one of the most enticing aspects of your blog is the variety in that one week we may be walking in the country, the next visiting a restaurant, and then the recipes. It is always a pleasure on a Friday to look forward to what is going to emerge, and it never disappoints. Thank you and keep up the good work. xx

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  3. Gratuliere zum Erfolg. Ich würde mal gerne etwas zur verloren gegangenen Windmühle lesen.
    Auch interessant sind die prähistorischen Fundstätten rund um Saint Chinian wie vor allem Dolmen und Menhire.
    Herzlichen Gruß


    • Hallo Siegfried!! Vielen Dank für die Glückwünsche! Bei der Windmühle tut sich was, ich werde hoffentlich bald darüber schreiben. Und die prähistorischen Fundstätten sind jetzt auch auf der Liste! 🙂


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